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Layered Pumpkin Lush

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Layers of pecan crumb crust, cream cheese, pumpkin, spices, and more whipped cream create an amazing Fall dessert in this Layered Pumpkin Lush! 

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Last week I hosted an event. The ladies hosting with me decided we would serve “Pumpkin” desserts! I was totally on board since I’m a lover of pumpkin!

I wanted to make this yummy layered pumpkin lush! Like it’s brother and sister, Chocolate Lush, and my personal favorite… lemon lush, this pumpkin lush starts out with an amazing buttery pecan crust!

It is then followed by a rich cream cheese layer, followed by a thick layer of pumpkin…hmmm…lusciousness, I don’t know another way to describe it.

For the finale, it is topped off with Cool Whip and more chopped pecans! Oh, holy yum! The flavor and texture combinations make this one dreamy bite after another!


How To Make Pumpkin Lush

This is a “layered” dessert, so it does take a little bit of time and effort. However, it is not a difficult dessert to make at all!

Start out with the buttery pecan crust. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup butter, softened, 3/4 cup chopped pecans. Mix that all together.

Tip #1: Mix it in your mixer. It will whip up super fast and easy!

Tip #2: During the holiday baking season, I leave a pound of butter sitting out on the counter. That way I always have softened butter when I need it. Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t it leave it there for days and days! (I’m not totally looney…yet!) I just leave one there the night before I know I’ll be doing a lot of baking.

TIP #3: I also chop large amounts of pecans and walnuts and keep them in zip lock bags during this time of year. Then I always have them ready to use. 😉

How To Make Crumb Crust for Layered Lush


Place your dough in bottom of a sprayed 9 x 13 dish. Be sure to spray it, so the crust doesn’t stick to the bottom of your dish!


To make it easier to spread the crust over the bottom of the pan, I break mine into “chunks” like the photo below and then push it with my fingers tips over the bottom of the pan.


Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.


Cream Cheese Layer

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and powder sugar. Add 1 cup of Cool Whip. This will be your rich cream cheese layer.


Spread carefully on top of cooled crust with a spatula. Do this gently as that buttery crust is rich and crumbly!


Pumpkin Layer

Time for the next layer! In a large bowl, mix milk, pudding mixes, pumpkin, spices, and 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. For your last layer spread with another cup, or more, of Cool Whip. (Can you have too much Cool Whip?)


Top off all those luscious layers with more chopped pecans! Isn’t that a dreamy cloud of pumpkin numminess?! (Yes! That’s a word! My granddaughter say’s it all the time! Well…maybe not exactly like that, more like num, num, num, num…which equals numminess in my book. Lol) 

Once you have all your layers completed, and you’ve topped it off with more delicious chopped pecans it’s time to chill! (The pumpkin lush…you can “chill” too if you want!) You’ll want to chill this for at least 3 hours. You can chill it overnight too. This is another one of those recipes that is even better on day #2! (Well…truthfully it’s good on day number 3, 4, and 5 too! )


To serve cut into squares and slide a spatula underneath making sure you go under the buttery pecan crust! You want every single speck of that crumbly flaky goodness!


This is a hard dessert to photograph! (Truthfully no food is easy to photograph!) I wanted you to see all the layers, so I sacrificed and ate piece so that I could get a good photo! 😉 (Okay, I didn’t really HAVE to eat it…but do ya blame me? Lol)

Look at the crumbly buttery crust with those flecks of chopped pecans! That delicious rich cream cheese layer!

Followed by a thick creamy luscious spiced pumpkin white chocolate layer and topped off with a billowing cloud of Cool Whip and more chopped pecans! I’m drooling! What’s not to love about an amazing layered dessert like this!

It really is a fantastic dessert to serve. Especially for the Holidays!


I really hope you’ll give this one a try! It’s so easy to make. It takes some effort because of the different layers. However, if you do them step-by-step you’ll have it done and chillin’ in no time!


I want to wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope your table is surrounded by those you love! I can hardly wait to have my house full of family chomping down on all the goodies I have made.

To me cooking is just another way of saying “I love you!”. I love sitting around the table talking, eating, and making memories!

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Thank You for stopping by, for being a part of my journey and my life! For sharing your life with me! I’m so grateful for each one of you! Have a Great day and try not to do too much!

Remember…just like this dessert…we all need to take some time to “Chill”!

Happy Nesting My Friends!

Norine's photo with signature
Yield: 12 servings

Layered Pumpkin Lush

Pumpkin Layered Lush with layers of cream cheese, pumpkin filling, whipped cream and a pecan crumb crust.

A layered dreamy dessert with a buttery pecan crust and layers of cream cheese, pumpkin, and Cool Whip. Perfect for the Holidays!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes



  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese layer

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Cool Whip, thawed

Pumpkin layer

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 small packages white chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 cup Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Whipped cream topping

  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine flour, butter, and 3/4 cup of pecans. Press mixture into the bottom of a sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add 1 cup Cool Whip and spread on top of cooled crust.
  3. In a large bowl, mix milk, pudding mixes, pumpkin, Cool Whip and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.
  4. Spread another cup of Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with remaining pecans.
  5. Chill for at least 3 hours, until set.


Additional Time is for Chilling.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 571Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 8g

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Saturday 10th of November 2018

What is a small box of white chocolate pudding? How many ounces is a small box?

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Sunday 11th of November 2018

Hi Gayln! A small box of pudding is a 3.56oz box of any white chocolate pudding. Sorry for not listing weights. We generally just have two sizes...small and large. lol So I forgot to mention weight. Hope this helps and I hope you try this recipe. It's really YUMMY! Happy Nesting! Norine

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